A son has been left heartbroken after finding his 85-year-old mother left bruised and battered in her nursing home just hours before her death.
Sitting slumped in a chair, Doris Sawyckyj was found covered in blood and vomit in the UK aged care facility, The Mirror reports.
According to the the news outlet, paramedics were quickly alerted to the situation and the grandmother was rushed to hospital with signs of sepsis – a reaction to an infection.
Unfortunately the infection progressed rapidly and within hours Doris had died of multiple organ failure and pneumonia.
Speaking to The Mirror following the terrible turn of events, Peter said he suspected his mother had had a fall the night before after he had visited her, which could have led to internal bleeding.
“When I visited her the night before she was mentally aware and just her normal self,” he said.
“I wonder if I had not got there whether they would have just put her into bed and she would have just passed away on her own.”
Following investigations, a report was released detailing “errors of judgement” by the aged care facility.
Unfortunately mistreatment in aged care facilities is all too common. Just days ago an 82-year-old man was abused and attacked by a male employee at his aged care facility in Sydney’s northern beaches.
The New South Wales Police Force released a statement, confirming a man has been charged after alleged assaults in the facility. Police allege a male employee who worked at the home in the suburb of Seaforth entered the patient’s room between Sunday August 26 and Wednesday August 29 to carry out the assault.
The attacker was later taken arrested and charged with two counts of common assault, as well as use of an offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence.
It was sadly the second reported case of abuse in less than a week. Last weekend, another carer in Wollongong was accused of punching and slapping a dementia patient so badly she ended up with bruising and was rushed to hospital with her injuries.